SpartanNash Foundation, store guests raise $286,500 to support Special Olympics athletes in eight states


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Meredith Gremel
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash
Executive Director, SpartanNash Foundation


SpartanNash Foundation, store guests raise $286,500 to support Special Olympics athletes in eight states

SpartanNash, company’s Foundation have donated nearly $9.4 million,
thousands of volunteer hours during 34-year partnership

100 percent of donations will go directly to year-round sports training and athletic competition
through Special Olympics partners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Together with its store guests and company associates, the SpartanNash Foundation’s Special Olympics scan campaign raised $286,500 on behalf of athletes and State Summer Games in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Since 1985, SpartanNash and its charitable giving arm, the SpartanNash Foundation, have donated nearly $9.4 million and thousands of volunteer hours through its partnership with Special Olympics.

SpartanNash has been the Presenting Sponsor of the Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games since 1985. The company has also supported Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games since 2003.

In Michigan, SpartanNash associates also prepare and feed hundreds of volunteers throughout the State Summer Games. SpartanNash donates all of the food for the volunteers and prints the State Summer Games programs and handbooks as well.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Between May 2 and 13, the SpartanNash Foundation hosted the companywide fundraising scan campaign in SpartanNash-owned stores throughout the Midwest, giving store guests the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at any checkout lane.

In each state, SpartanNash stores – including Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market – teamed up to support Special Olympics partners, resulting in the $286,500 total.

“Along with our store guests and associates, SpartanNash and the SpartanNash Foundation are deeply committed to supporting Special Olympics in the states we serve, and the success of our recent retail scan demonstrates that support,” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications and the executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “We are most grateful to all who joined forces with the SpartanNash Foundation to support this worthy cause and raise awareness of the importance of Special Olympics’ mission and the athletes who excel through good sportsmanship and competition.”

One hundred percent of all funds raised during the annual Special Olympics scan campaign go directly to year-round sports training and athletic competition opportunities. SpartanNash underwrites the costs to run the scan campaign, contributes funding and encourages associates to volunteer during Special Olympics State Summer Games and beyond.

Check presentations to Special Olympics partners will take place in the coming weeks, often during the opening ceremonies of the state’s Summer Games. Results from the 2018 Special Olympics scan include:

  • $165,000 for Special Olympics Michigan. The check will be presented during the State Sumer Games opening ceremony, taking place on Thursday, May 31 at 6:15 p.m. at the Kelly/Shorts Stadium at Central Michigan University.
  • $3,000 for Special Olympics Iowa
  • $30,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota
  • $30,000 for Special Olympics Nebraska
  • $35,000 for Special Olympics North Dakota
  • $5,000 for Special Olympics Ohio
  • $8,000 for Special Olympics South Dakota
  • $10,500 for Special Olympics Wisconsin

For a complete list of stores participating in the companywide scan campaign and the eight Special Olympics affiliates they will support, visit

The Special Olympics retail scan campaign is the second of four fundraising campaigns the SpartanNash Foundation will conduct in 2018. To date, the SpartanNash Foundation has raised $463,200 on behalf of local Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics partners in eight states. Upcoming retail scans will raise funds and awareness for patriotic partners (June 27-July 8) and community food pantries (Oct. 24-Nov. 4).

SpartanNash Healthy Athletes

In conjunction with the retail scan campaign, SpartanNash selects Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, whose healthy lifestyles and involvement in the Special Olympics embody the organization’s oath: Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

In 2018, SpartanNash recognized Healthy Athletes in Michigan and Minnesota. Kayla Cornell and Devin Johnson helped promote the Foundation’s retail scan with in-store autograph sessions – and were featured on the packaging of bottles of Our Family® brand water. Nearly 300,000 cases of the specially designed 24-pack bottles of spring water were for sale on store shelves at more than 140 SpartanNash-owned stores and independent retail locations throughout the country.

SpartanNash began the Healthy Athlete program in Michigan in 2008, expanding the program in 2016 to include athletes throughout its retail footprint.


About the SpartanNash Foundation
The SpartanNash Foundation was formed in 2013 following the merger of the Nash Finch Company and Spartan Stores. It represents the best of the NFC Foundation and the Spartan Stores Foundation. The SpartanNash Foundation is the charitable giving arm of SpartanNash and is focused on providing grants to nonprofit community partners who are working to end hunger, secure shelter and support our military heroes. To learn more about the SpartanNash Foundation, visit 

About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 350 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, national accounts, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges. SpartanNash serves customer locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Italy, Bahrain, Djibouti and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 142 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.